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GGS001: Ticket To Ride

We dive right in with Ticket To Ride, which actually was as our gateway game that’s led to so many fun gaming sessions. It’s a go-to for us–especially if we want to pull something out that will be fun for someone who isn’t sure what they think about tabletop games. Jess and I pulled our copy off of the game shelf, played a round (which I lost miserably), then talked about why this game is most definitely a gateway into the hobby. Hint: it’s just about as easy to learn as Go Fish…but compelling enough to keep your attention.

Game details

# Players: 2-5
Ages: 8+
Game Length (first time): 75 minutes
Game Length (average): 45 minutes

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Ep 1. Pandemic Legacy – The looming storm (GSC100)

We (Matt, Jess, Jenn, and Chas) are about to start our play through of Pandemic: Legacy, the cooperative board game where we save a world on the brink of biological disaster. But in this game, each time we play, the board is permanently changed, new rules are added to the rulebook, cards are ripped up, and additional components are revealed. No two copies of the game will ever play out the same way. This is our story of trying to save the world.

In this episode we start with some introductions then we look ahead to discuss what we think may be coming for us. There is a nervous excitement, and I’m pretty sure we all just want to play the game.

This is part of a series of episodes running through our campaign of Pandemic Legacy, which includes between 12-24 games depending on how well we do. If we win the first 12 (unlikely) that’ll be it. If we lose 12 a lot…it could be 24 (let’s hope not). Listen in and follow our progress and hear our trials and tribulations.

w/ Matt Anderson, Jess Anderson, Jenn, Chas

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GGS000: Introductions

We like introducing people to board games…there’s just something about it that’s fun and a great way to connect with friends (and, well, make friends too). In this inaugural episode of The Gateway Game Shelf Podcast, we (Matt and Jess) discuss the podcast and give a peek into their tabletop / board gaming history and game preferences.

W/ Matt Anderson, Jess Anderson

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